Rajat Singh

An Interview with Aroon Shivdasani

October 11, 2015

On Thursday, October 22nd, the Indo-American Arts Council kicks off its Second Annual Literary Festival in New York — a weekend-long celebration of the most renowned and distinctive voices from the subcontinent, the states, and the oceans in between. At the helm of IAAC is its energetic and influential Executive & Artistic Director, Aroon Shivdasani. Since founding … Read More

Why Not Me?, Book Review

September 17, 2015

Mindy Kaling’s new book, Why Not Me?, released Tuesday, is an invitation to chill with a plucky person we think we already like. It’s about trading gossip, exposing insecurities, finding love, righting misconceptions — but also just about shooting the shit. An Indian-American woman who’s already well-liked finds new ways in this book to further endear herself … Read More

The Mujra and the Modern South Asian Imaginary

August 22, 2015

Director Muzaffar Ali places his latest film Jaanisaar, the romantic saga of a tawaaif (courtesan) and a nawab (aristocrat), in 1877 Lucknow, the seat of high Islamicate urban culture and artistic refinery under the British Raj. The film is in theatres August 21. Done in a semi-classical style, the album is comprised of a mixture … Read More

Living Room Bazaars, Arranged Marriage and Rohin Guha

August 4, 2015

A few weeks ago, I was texting with a friend of mine as she sat on the tarmac waiting for her flight to depart for Hyderabad. “Yo man on my way to London, so many Punjabis on my flight, lol,” she typed. “Omg be careful. You’re gonna come home engaged,” I quipped — but my text would skirt … Read More

Midnight’s Furies, Book Review

July 13, 2015

Nisid Hajari has published a hard-hitting excavation of the dark and incendiary months leading up to and immediately following India’s independence in August 1947. His book, Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition, depicts how, with Partition, Pakistan was created out of the northwestern territory of the Indian subcontinent, following the British departure. Hajari … Read More

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